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Braving the Wilderness Audiobook

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Braving the Wilderness, written and read by Brené Brown.

'True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.' Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, 'True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.' Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.

Brown writes, 'The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.'

©2017 Brené Brown (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    "excellent . started it again as soon as i finished"

    such a great book. made me rethink how i respond to strong political dialogue. I want to give this book to all my friends, family and the senior leadership team at work!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 27/11/2017
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    "Exceptional path towards authenticity "

    This is a wonderful exploration on how we show up in the world. How we be brave and authentic whilst respecting ourselves and others. Take up the challenge.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Christchurch 21/11/2017
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    "another great book by Brene Brown"

    Full of wonderful stories and self reflection. Brene is herself incredibly brave and is so expertised in assisting us to 'brave the wilderness'. one of my favourite authors in self development and authenticity.

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    Anonymous 16/11/2017
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    "brave and courageous "

    I could not stop listening. An incredibly engaging vulnerable courageous thought provoking heart opening experience. I will be re-listening right away.
    Brene Brown You are my Maya.

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    "Needed this..."

    Soothing, real, funny & close to home for me. You will learn why we are who we are.

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    "Brilliant - thank you Brene."

    This book was a huge eye opener and connected many dots.
    You'll view things differently!

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    "A great start.."

    Universal human experience, Universal human experience, Universal human experience, USA, Universal human experience, USA, Universal human experience, USA, USA, USA, GOD, USA, GOD, GUNS, USA, USA...

    USA, USA, USA...

    USA, USA...

    USA!

    ..after all, who else is there?

    I can only imagine what it is like to be living through the redneck revival in America, and how much it must be dominating everyone's consciousness. But the world contains 7b people - with less than 5 percent of those being American. You have a global audience. Take the blinkers off!

    I love Brene Brown's work, the opening even brought tears to my eyes, but after cleaning out a few rats and mice here there are clearly still a couple of elephants in the room. You need a very good 'parochiality filter'. Christian + scientist etc. Anywhere on earth outside the southern US you actually have to choose.

    I basically purchased this book for my Japanese friend who lives in New Zealand, who I think really needs to hear this message, but who doesn't know anything about American social/political embarrassment.

    I ended up not passing it on.

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    "Required Reading!"

    Such an important and relevant book, now more than ever.
    This is what should be taught in school.
    Thank you Brene Brown, for your courage, vulnerability and brave wild heart!

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    "Powerful"

    This audiobook will satisfy any listener looking to improve their personal relationship with them self and others. There is academic research throughout which will satisfy critical academic minds, but Brown delivers it all in an easily digestible package so the material becomes accessible to every level of listener. Great book, loved it

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    "Intensely thought provoking"

    Brene Brown's arration is great. I am definitely going to re-listen. I love this book.

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    "Great audiobook with some downsides"

    Braving the Wilderness is an engaging, passionate, and well structured book that took me by surprise. I didn't know anything about this book or the author when I grabbed this. What a great surprise.

    This a book about connecting in healthy meaningful ways and belonging without trying too hard or expecting others to let us feel that we belong, to belong without belonging anywhere and everywhere, to belong to ourselves more and foremost.

    According to Brown we all want to belong and connect, but doing so forgetting who we truly are, hiding who we are, faking who we are not, and not holding our ground or boundaries is not true belonging. True belonging it is not based on somebody's else accepting us as much as accepting ourselves and showing who we are, what we believe, and what we think even when we are surrounded by people or situations that are hostile to us and our survival instinct pushes us to conform, shut up or fake it up. Braving the wilderness demands from us to speak our minds, disclose what we believe, do not obscure what it really matters to us, and how we see or feel anything, no matter the consequences.

    In Braving the Wilderness, Brown discusses spirituality, loneliness, aloneness, solitude, conflict, true belonging, stereotyping, compassion, connection, fear, hatred, pain, anger, BS, civility, boundaries, the difference between what we are and what we believe, and between fitting and belonging. And the good thing is that she does it with a lot of soul and in a very clear, understandable engaging way.

    I enjoyed her comments on stereotyping and BStting, and on bringing civility back in fashion. However, one of the things that resonated the most with me was the BRAVING system, or seven rules to trust people, ourselves, and be trusted: 1/ Boundaries. 2/ Reliability. 3/ Accountability. 4/ Vault; kinda of my lips are sealed. 5/ Integrity. 6/ Non Judgement. 7/ Generosity in assumptions.

    I also liked her quest to be clear about what she means by what she says. Some of the most important definitions she offers in the book are those of spirituality, braving, wilderness, true belonging and civility.

    THE DOWNSIDES
    > Me Me MeExtroversion biasBraving the wilderness is not enough Data per se is not serious research It might age soon < I would have rather focused on examples not related as much to the current political situation in the US, as that focus will age the book quickly. On the other hand, she is braving the wilderness and speaking her truth, so bravo.

    THE AUDIBLE EDITION
    Braving the Wilderness is spoken in a straightforward way, very well structured and presented, so it is easy to follow even in audiobook format. Something that I don't take for granted. Brown is a wonderful speaker and reads her own book as if she was talking to you, not following something that has already been written. She has a mix of passion and softness, a great voice tone and inflections, and a very good reading pace, so the result is an engaging discourse, which makes listening to this book a truly enjoyable experience. This is one of those audiobooks that one wants to listen to more than once, or even purchase the hard-copy or Kindle book to re-read it. Most enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Celeste Jacobs
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    "Unconditional Love"

    Brilliant explainations and examples of describing ways of being in the context of belonging without compromising yourself while still respecting others.
    Loved everything about this book... Especially enjoyed Brene doing her own narration.

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  • Carol G
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    "Excellent book! "

    Brene Brown provides compelling data that gave words and titles and context to much of my inner thoughts and inner struggles. Braving the wilderness is indeed a scary concept but listenimg to her confirmed that it is essential. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being authentic and having community.

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  • Jennifer Elliott
    14/11/17
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    "Being Alone"

    Thank you Brene. Learning to stand alone has been my most painful and rewarding journey.

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  • Carissa R.
    18/10/17
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    "Another excellent book by Brene"

    I have read and enjoyed all of her previous books and the journey that she takes us all on with her. This book was a really enjoyable listen 😊

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather Gill
    1/10/17
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    "Brave and True and Timely!"

    My thanks to Brene for taking the road less travelled and paying the price. You are helping us all to take risks and follow God's Way to freedom, collectively and personally .... by loving our NEIGHBOUR as our SELF. And the only Way to have the power do that is to know God's love for ALL, by GRACE.

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    26/10/17
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    "Just awesome!"

    I’d never heard of Brene Brown before I found her book on Audible. OMG just Love what she has to say amazing, inspiring and makes so much sense. 💖

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/10/17
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    "Fantastic"

    This book is amazing...Informative, honest, inspiring, brave, thought provoking. It needs more than one listen. Love Brene reading her own books....the words just come alive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • LizF
    22/09/17
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    "An amazingly deep and moving piece of work"

    I have been captivated by Brene`s wonderful ability to share and engage with the listener about issues that need talking about. Her personal stories give depth and colour which pull you in and leave you wanting more. A beautiful book of stories of true heart and soul.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tosin Adegbenro
    29/10/17
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    "Wow!"

    What a transformational and delightful read! Thank you. Most important learning (relevant in current climate) is to be careful not to turn advocacy vocabulary into weaponry and that we are sums of more than 1 belief...I pray I can truly do better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/10/17
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    "Great book"

    Amazing work from Brenee Brown, a true inspiration, always though provoking. I feel that she is talking directly to me and she is so passionate about her subject

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • elise
    27/09/17
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    "fantastic"

    another fantastic book direct from Brene and in her own voice. easy to listen to, harder to really understand and digest as this will require self eork and honest reflection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    26/09/17
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    "So poignant and relevant today"

    Brene has touched a nerve with this book, of what is tearing apart our world and communities today. In my view it is essential reading. On a personal level, Brene again delivers relevant and authentic explanations for her research - and to hear it delivered in her voice was such a gift. I can highly recommend this - even if you don't agree with everything she says it's an important dialogue to be a part of. Thank you Brene for your courage to stand alone and show others an example to do the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Jana Shirley
    10/10/17
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    "life changing"

    Brene is the most powerful writer I have ever come across. Her words, her research & the way she speaks so truthfully have truly reached corners of my life where I previously felt stuck or alone. Her work is a practice in our home.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skylar
    26/09/17
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    "Tear jerker, deep, amazing, powerful."

    I loved this book. Brene touched on an upsoken part of me, a wound I had no words for, a pain that can't be spoken with such grace, authenticity and truth that I spend most of this book crying or with a frog in my throat. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, UK
    25/09/17
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    "inspiring"

    just finished listening to this book and going to start all over again. truely inspirational

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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